Quotes: Idiot Plot

...with tongue firmly in cheek, she [Stephanie Beacham] would often wind me up by asking what her motivation was for a particular action, just as I about to call Action!, knowing full well that my answer would be, Because its in the script.
— Norman J. Warren', director of Inseminoid''

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Did you all take stupid pills this morning?
Mr. Potatohead, Toy Story

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How mortals take the gods to task!
All their afflictions come from us, we hear
And what of their own failings? Greed and Folly
double the suffering in the lot of man.
Zeus, in The Odyssey, pointing out how the story of the Trojan War and its aftereffects often amounts to this.

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Why don't they think? Because no one is allowed to think in this movie. Not one single event in the entire plot can possibly take place unless every character in the cast has brains made of Bac-O-Bits.

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It's like every character put their retard hats on that morning by mistake.

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Not a single character’s master plan in this movie makes sense. Don’t even get me started on Penguin’s grand babynapping plan, which required A) every single adult in Gotham to be at the same party (which they were), B) not a single babysitter being hired, and C) not a single cop being out on patrol, allowing them to drive their roadworthy carnival train on the open streets.
ComicsAlliance on Batman Returns

Chernobyl Diaries: It should have been called Six Dumbasses In Search of a Clue
Slate headline

Data: The transporters conveniently failed after sending Picard, so I'm going to leap across space to get to Shinzon's ship.
Geordi: What about the transporters in the shuttles?
Data: Shut up.
Geordi: What about the Captain's Yacht?
Data: Shut up.
Geordi: Why didn't we just send a bomb instead of Picard?
Data: Shut up.
Geordi: What about the transporters in the cargo bays? They're independent units, remember?
Data: What part of "shut the fuck up" do you not understand? This is my big heroic exit, asshole. Don't fuck it up.

It seems weird that T’Pol did not have a “stun” setting...if she did, there would be no plot. The way that T’Pol talks about “the despair of having taken a life” suggests that this was the only time that she ever killed. It seems strange that the Vulcan High Command would not have any operatives better suited to the task — particularly if the operative was not going to be equipped with a weapon that can stun.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "The Seventh"

Sadly, you read that right. I transcribed that line 100% correctly. A dog peeing on a tree is now a significant plot point in a Star Trek episode...Prior to watching Archer's reaction, I started to imagine how other Star Trek captains would handle this situation. But then I realized that no other Star Trek captain would be in this situation in the first place.

Can you imagine, say, Jean-Luc Picard bringing his dog down to an alien planet? Yeah, I didn't think so. But even if he did, and that dog whizzed on cultural landmarks, I can only see Picard being swiftly contrite and apologetic, immediately making amends to get that needed component. Hell, I think Wesley Crusher whizzed on some bushes in the first season of TNG, and Picard groveled his ass off to save the kid.

But Archer, as you probably guessed, is about to have a slightly different reaction.
The Agony Booth on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's woman costumes were about as believable as two men in wigs making no effort to disguise their voices. They lived in a world where everyone was so easy to trick, there was no need for the elaborate scheme. They might as well have put a jar of mayonnaise on roller skates and shoved it into the manager's office shouting, "That's not male mayonnaise! Rent her an apartment! Actually, RARGH! I'm God! Rent an apartment to Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari!

We last left our alleged heroes at Hawkman’s funeral, where they were all knocked out by technology... This brings up an interesting point, and by 'interesting,' I mean 'one of many plot holes that makes me wonder if the scripts for this show are actually printed on Swiss cheese.' If the government already has something that can knock out a Kryptonian — not to mention the Flash and Aquaman and whoever else the extras were dressed as at Hawkman’s funeral — then why do they need to develop more methods for rendering them helpless? They already have them! What we’re getting here is that this episode is already stupid before it even starts. That’s how dumb it is.
Chris Sims on Smallville ("Collateral")

Reading a story written by idiots is bad enough, but reading a story written by idiots that’s also about idiots is even worse.
Fred Clark, criticizing Left Behind

The plot is bad just because any amount of common sense cop work would solve this case. There is one scene where Dave is framed for murder. Dave is shot at in the dark and Dave fires blindly in that same direction. When he goes over to investigate, he finds the body of an informant he was going to meet thereby framing him for murder. Of course that becomes a plot cul de sac when the cops get it through their thick skulls that the bullets from Dave’s gun don’t match the one in the victim’s head and, oh yeah, the victim was dead about 32 hours prior to Dave’s incident! We are not talking CSI future crime lab work, we are talking about common f*cking sense! That’s 20 minutes wasted and that is just one example of the type of writing throughout the entire movie.

So, if I'm understanding this right, the Head-Staplers wanted to be off the planet, but once they got what they wanted, they decided to get revenge. Just read that again and realize how stupid this plot truly is. This film didn't need a rewrite; it needed a bullet between the eyes.

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That's their ship? A little shuttle?? Admirals always travel around in style on big Federation ships (At the very least an Excelsior class)!

But this situation requires even more attention, because we're dealing with a truly priceless advancement in technology. And we're also working with a really sketchy alien race that look like monsters. And they've got five huge, powerful warships. What's to stop them from just killing all the Federation people, takin' the goods and leaving? A couple of ships on our side would strengthen our hand a little in preventing that.

But a starship or two there would mess up the plot.

It's clear here that everyone in the future, including Skynet, is dumb.

Mike: Neither character is smart. No one says, "Isn't he gonna be weirded out or suspicious that you just gave him all this gold in bar form?" (And he didn't think of that.) And then when John Travolta sees it, he assumes that they smelted it, even though they have no smelting equipment or any kind—
Jay: These are cavemen. They have no knowledge.
Mike: —And no one knows how to do that. Or to achieve the temperatures needed to melt gold. Both characters—our hero and villain—are idiots.

Goodnight, the stupid is spewing out of these characters like its Mt. Vesuvius!
Rowdy C. Moore on the plot of the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "Turnabout Intruder"

What follows is a textbook example of an "Idiot Plot", or plot that only happens because every single character is an idiot. The necessities of the format mean that the game must constantly be contriving reasons for two characters to fight. But about sixty to seventy percent of the fights are founded on misunderstandings or pranks so that after the fight ends the participants can be all chums again two dialogue lines later as the winner awkwardly helps stitch up the loser's gaping stab wounds and picks up all the fragments of jawbone that blasted out of his asshole.